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Announcing Speaker and Panels for MERGE! Conference 2013

Check out the speaker and topic for our upcoming MERGE! Conference for women,  a 2 day conference for women who desire to merge their personal and professional experience with a meaningful, purpose-driven and prosperous livelihood as a vehicle to make a profound contribution to the lives of others and our community!

  • WHEN: Sat + Sun, March 2 + 3, 2013 // 9.00 – 5.00pm PST
  • WHAT: 2-day conference
  • WHO: Presented by The Skool, Jose Caballer and Tatjana Luethi


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Panel 1:
Creativity, Personal Fulfillment & Making a Difference
In this panel we will engage in a conversation that challenges conventional thinking about what it means to be creative. How to recognize symptoms of misalignment when we are identified with external roles and definitions? What becomes possible if we redirect our focus inward and begin to access this part within ourselves that lies beyond the rules and assumptions of society we’ve subscribed to? How does aligning with one’s authentic creative expression relate to a sense of personal fulfillment, meaning and purpose? How does a sense of ownership become the source for generating and designing one’s own life and career? How can a sense of passion become a force of profound contribution to the greater good and flourishing of all?

Speakers:
– Lina Shanklin Master Coach & Workshop Leader
– Monique Svazlian, Executive Coach at Solstice Coaching & Consulting Inc
– Moderated by Tatjana Luethi, SKOOL Lead Coach, Producer of MERGE!

Panel 2:
Can You Merge Passion and Profession?
In this panel our guest speakers will be sharing their thoughts, insights and unique journey as they themselves navigated the merging of, or are currently in the middle of merging their passion and profession. What were the obstacles of merging those from a historical perspective? What’s our current orientation about passion and profession? Where may we need to look at so as to create new models that allow for professions being fueled by passion? What skills, trades, attributes and qualities may be of necessity today so as to create and generate a life of passion, purpose and meaning?

Speakers:
– Lara Federoff, Founder of UX-Radio
– Patricia Handschiegel , Founder / CEO Condiment Media Company
– Karen Solomon, Co-Founder & Advisor, Opportunity Green Media,
– Sarah Backhouse, Founder of Future 360
– Moderated by Tatjana Luethi, SKOOL Lead Coach, Producer of MERGE!

Panel 3:
Self-Expression, Passion and Profession
In this panel we will engage in a conversation about the various structures and professions that may allow for self-expression. Our panelists will be sharing their unique journey of their own discovery about their passion and the various professions that allowed them to give voice and visibility to that inner sense of passion. How is what she is doing today a reflection of her self-expression and passion? What if you are still trying to find it? What do you do if you have multiple interests and passions? And what can become possible when you begin to tap into your own authentic creative self-expression with a deep sense of relatedness and understanding for the unmet needs of our world?

Speakers:
– Kate Stahnke, VP, Product at Causecast
– Roxane Lukas, Founder of The Realis Project
– Gedina, Singer & Song Writer
– Moderated by Tatjana Luethi, SKOOL Lead Coach, Producer of MERGE!

Panel 4:
Women and the Future of Hollywood
In this panel we will engage in a conversation about how women’s active participation and leadership in Hollywood can forge and contribute to a redefining of Hollywood. How can women leverage the platform, power and the reach of Hollywood as a vehicle to bring awareness and make a difference in areas they are passionate about? How can we utilize storytelling as a tool to transform cliche and stereotypes? How can we employ Hollywood to redefine women’s roles and tell new stories?

Speakers:
– Irma Sanchez, TV & Radio Host with Estrella TV
– Lina Shanklin, Master Coach & Workshop Leader, Filmmaker
– Jose Caballer, Chief Education Officer at The Skool, Executive Producer MERGE
– Moderated by Sarah Backhouse, Founder of Future 360
Panel 5:
User Experience Practices and Approach
In this panel we will engage in a conversation about the definitions, practices and approaches used in User Experience Design. What are UX practices? How is it different from traditional models of collaboration, partnership, team and consensus building? What is a user-centered approach and how does it differ from conventional practices? How can we apply principles and approaches from UX practices as the new standard process for any idea engagement, business, service, product, project or movement? And why UX principles may become the new model for human interaction in the 21st Century?

Speakers:
– Crystal Ehrlich, UX Design Guru
– Angel Anderson, VP Experience Director at Crispin Porter & Bogusky
– Sarah Gallivan Mitchell, Sr. User Experience Designer at Belkin
– Moderated by Jose Caballer, Chief Education Officer at The Skool, Executive Producer of MERGE
– Moderated by Tatjana Luethi, SKOOL Lead Coach, Producer of MERGE!

Panel 6:
Conversation: Obstacles for Co-creation
In this conversation we’ll be sharing our mindset and thinking about obstacles, challenges and new approaches to collaboration and partnership between men and women. We will be unpacking our own journey together as we were preparing, producing and co-creating MERGE. We’ll be looking at our path of development, overcoming differences and creating alignment, resonance and partnership for the purpose of a mutual vision. What kind of new approach and mindset may be required to embark upon, accelerate, launch and scale a mutual vision to the next level?

Speakers:
– Jeff Solomon , Co-Founder & Executive Director at Amplify.la
– Stephanie Michele, Founder/CEO at SocialBling
– Moderated by Jose Caballer, Chief Education Officer at The Skool, Executive Producer of MERGE
– Moderated by Tatjana Luethi, SKOOL Lead Coach, Producer of MERGE!

Panel 7:
Whiteboard Battle: The Art of Alignment & Partnership
Part performance and part improv, Dorit Cypis and Jose Caballer come together to create a dynamic alignment exercise by merging tools, processes and strategies from each of their respective practices. Agile vs. mediation tools, each will battle it out to determine how two creatives can work to collaborate on a shared vision. Our goal is to show how you can make process fun.

Speakers:
– Dorit Cypis, Professional Artist & Mediator, Founder of Foreign Exchanges
– Moderated by Jose Caballer, Chief Education Officer at The Skool, Executive Producer of MERGE

Panel 8:
Panel: The Future of Creativity
In this panel we will be exploring the various forms and manifestations of creativity and self-expression amongst our panelists. How are we currently utilizing creativity within the old paradigm? What might future creative self-expression look like? How can we push the boundaries and integrate our creativity with media, technology and storytelling to impact, educate and transform consumer behavior, promote awareness, and create social change?

Speakers:
– Marissa Levin, Executive Producer at Apologue, Inc.
– Danixa Diaz, Executive Producer / Co-Founder at iartist
– Sara Vainer, Director of Communications, Community Curator at NextSpace @ Amplify
– Moderated by Jose Caballer, Chief Education Officer at The Skool, Executive Producer of MERGE
– Moderated by Tatjana Luethi, SKOOL Lead Coach, Producer of MERGE!

Panel 9:
Panel: Why the Future Belongs to Women
In this conversation we’ll be explore the reasons as to why they think it is critical for women to step up and come out of hiding, embracing and harnessing their own unique skills, gifts, passion, power and leadership as a profound contribution to the reshaping and redefining of our social sectors. We’ll be engaging in a conversation of co-creation and partnership between men and women, where all panelists will be sharing their vision of what such a model of collaboration might look like.

Speakers:
– Tali Krakowsky, Founder of Apologue, Inc, Experience Design
– Moderated by Jose Caballer, Chief Education Officer at The Skool, Executive Producer of MERGE
– Moderated by Tatjana Luethi, SKOOL Lead Coach, Producer of MERGE!

Panel 10:
Conversation: Jen Bilik, CEO & Founder of Knock Knock – Her Journey to Success
In this conversation Jose and Jen will be unpacking Jen’s journey and ability of balancing feminine and masculine qualities without compromising her values, authenticity and integrity of what she stands for.

Speakers:
– Jen Bilik, CEO & Founder of Knock Knock
– Moderated by Jose Caballer, Chief Education Officer at The Skool, Executive Producer of MERGE!

Panel 11:
Conversation: Moving Forward into Collaboration
In this conversation Jose and Tatjana will reflect upon the collective discoveries from Saturday and Sunday as we all journeyed together through the inception phase of our passion, gifts and talents and align them with the needs of our world. We’ll be introducing the next steps as to how we collectively can move forward, form collaborations and new partnerships so as to support each other for a brighter and healthier future for you, for me, for all of us, and certainly for the generations to come.

Speakers:
– Tatjana Luethi, SKOOL Lead Coach, Producer of MERGE
– Jose Caballer, Chief Education Officer at The Skool, Executive Producer of MERGE

Panel curriculum prepared and written by:
Tatjana Luethi

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